Sleeping can have a profound impact on your skin health. Here’s how.
Sleep allows the skin to repair and restore its natural balance for the next day. Chronic sleep loss can lead to lackluster skin, fine lines, and dark circles under the eyes. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol can break down skin collagen, the protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic. Sleep deprivation causes stress, which can worsen all skin conditions, including acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
When you don’t get enough sleep, your skin will show it and you’re looking at early signs of aging. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 30 percent, or 40.6 million, of American adults are sleeping six or fewer hours a day. Don’t let this be you!
Here are our tips for getting an overall good night sleep and better skin:
- Try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule.
- Avoid caffeine 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.
- Limit alcohol intake and heavy meals before sleep.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
- Get regular exercise and keep a healthy diet.